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2015-07-31 @ 16:26:54
Where are the comments?
2015-07-31 @ 16:25:15
I often find myself coming back to this comic, as a reminder that whatever I get in life is a reflection of what I want in life, even though it often doesn’t seem that way. Yes, it’s not a precisely accurate statement, and it’s true that the world isn’t just, that people are actively oppressed, and that everyone can’t be expected to be able to change their circumstances. But what this comic does is it frames our desires and our decisions in a light that forces us to confront the way we live. It provides a moment of lucidity that can help us pull ourselves out of a less optimal way of life and into one in which we can accomplish our goals. It’s a jolt of lightning for those of us who have become complacent while the idealist inside of us becomes tired. It reminds us that we have a chance to live a great life, and it’s our decisions whether we do or not.
2012-10-19 @ 09:44:11
This is a great post.. It’s well written and very compelling. Created a crescendo of inspiration within me such that, as I read, I couldn’t help but brainstorm ideas of ways I could participate in creating some sort of organization to bring people together with the common purpose of making the world better. In fact, it made me feel like a fuck for not already being actively involved in doing just that! haha. Great piece, Jordan.
2012-07-13 @ 14:40:23
Hey Jordan! I’m surprised you didn’t put ISHMAEL by Daniel Quinn on the list! I think I remember you mentioning it in another post a long time ago, and I feel like that is one of the most violently perspective-changing books out there… Nice list though!
2011-11-01 @ 19:51:38
I would think there would be serious physical and psychological consequences in doing this indefinitely, so that provides an obvious problem. I don’t think the feeling would be much different than shooting heroin, which I have heard the high of described in much the same way. People would probably become addicted to the ecstasy, much like the dreamers at the apothecary in Inception, who spend there time dreaming because they prefer it to reality.
The ultimate question is, even if this option drastically interferes with the functioning of society and order, would that even be a bad thing? As you have already asked. It can be very hard to find a logical purpose for living our lives the way most people do in our society, so I can see how people could justify it. I can’t immediately take either side, thought I don’t believe it is necessary for happiness.
But I think what this question really does is force us to re-think the way we think about heroin addicts. If the high is really as incredibly joyful as they say it is, might it be worth the real world consequences one endures in order to repeatedly access the feeling? We look at them as failures or tragic characters, but in reality, maybe they are experiencing unbridled joy and happiness, while we go on with our miserable lives and scoff at them like fools.
2011-10-05 @ 00:43:46
I’m happy to see an article about barefoot running, the heel support in modern shoes is entirely unnatural and completely ruins people’s running form. Why do you think Kenyans are so good at marathons? Most of them have been running barefoot their whole lives!
As for the yoga, what are some good videos that I could use to get started? I’ve long wanted to get involved with Yoga, but I’ve lacked a good starting place. I have some books, but I feel a video would be very helpful for the clarity of the visual example